Chicken Triumph

I was driving home last night from Salt Lake with only my thoughts to entertain me. The babies had all fallen asleep and the car was quiet without Thomas to chat with. I had spent the day at my first blogger event hosted by Ikea (more on that coming) and with friends I love but have moved far from. I had lots to think about and mull over. One thing that kept going through my mind was home; I was going home. As the distance between me and the busyness of Salt Lake and Utah Counties grew, the more I realized I was happy with the direction I was headed. I loved living in Provo when we did, but now our home is our home. 

I turned the car to head in a new direction and there in front of me was the brightest rainbow I’ve ever seen. The camera hasn’t done it justice because it was so vivid! I pulled over to snap a shot and the rainbow stayed bright the rest of my drive home. The closer I got to my house the more I realized that it was ending right behind my tiny town.

Rainbow behind mountains with green grassy field in the foreground

That rainbow led me all the way home. I snapped this picture in my driveway. I kept thinking of the pot of gold at the end of rainbows and dreamed of all the fun I could have with lots of money. Don’t we all have this daydream often? 

Rainbow behind a yellow house

With the babies already asleep, I transferred them to their beds and went out to feed the chickens. I then discovered that there was treasure at the end of my rainbow: my very first home-raised egg! I found it on the ground in the bottom part of my coop.

A flat hand holding an egg with green plants in the background

This morning I went out to let the ladies out of their coop and my favorite chicken, the one I assumed laid the egg (she’s the biggest), did something strange. She went over to this pile of sticks and crawled underneath. I’ve never seen any of the birds do this and so I looked closer. I shooed her out and then found another egg! I assumed she hadn’t lain it that fast and I had no idea how long it had been there.

A pile of sticks in front of a wooden fence in a yard

So then I had two eggs, both of which I won’t eat because I’m not sure how long they were laying about. 
An open hand holding two eggs

The hen went right back to her little hole and started to make herself comfortable; she planned to lay another egg in the middle of those sticks. I don’t want them to lay all over the yard – I built that coop so that they would lay right where I wanted them to. I picked up the bird and closed her back in the coop with food and water. I put fresh straw in the nesting boxes and left hoping she would decide to lay in the box.

A black and white chicken behind chicken wire fence

See? Lovely places to lay eggs, right?
A wooden chicken coop with 3 nesting boxes with hay

I waited a few hours with no egg and could tell she was super agitated. I let her out and she ran right over to her stick nest.
A black and white chicken under a pile of sticks and brush

A black and white chicken with red head hiding under a pile of sticks and brush

I checked on her fifteen minutes later and this is what I found:
Eggs on the ground under a collection of sticks and brush

She had indeed lain an egg right there in her little hideout. Isn’t that amazing? I got the kids so that they could see the egg, and now we have the very first egg we can eat. I’m pretty sure this fifteen minute post-laying egg is the freshest egg I have ever encountered.

Now, how do I get her to lay where I want her to?

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At our house it’s an Easter Egg Hunt everyday 🙂 I can’t get them to lay where I want them to. Also, if I find old eggs, I put them in water. If they float off the bottom, even a little bit, I throw them away. If they float to the surface….. I throw them FAR away!


Richard aka “The Chicken Whisperer” seconded the idea to put golf balls where you want them to lay the eggs. That always what they did with his chickens.


Melissa, this is a lovely and super fun post. I love your chickens, and I hope your egg is yummy. Aaand, I am excited to hear about if you figure out how to get her to lay in the rightful spot. I’m not good with animals, so you are awesome 🙂

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How exciting! I don’t know the first thing about chickens but I dream of having some one day! Thank you for sharing!

I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

Have a great day!


Also, if you don’t have a rooster, it’s safe to eat the eggs you found. Eggs don’t need to be refrigerated immediately and without a rooster, it won’t be fertilized. You can always candle it to check and make sure. Good luck!


Melissa, confine her to the coop for a few days and put golf balls in the nesting box where you want her to lay eggs!! She’ll think the golf balls are eggs and as the urge to lay comes on, she will hopefully realize that the nesting box is a great place to lay eggs.

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